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Marines inspecting contents of Jungle Survival Kit

MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Command) SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape) school, is the Marines elite Special Operations. This is their current required gear list for their in house SERE school. This list outlines what Marines are using to survive their SERE school and what they most likely carry on their person when going into combat. This list can be used to develop your personal survival kit or Bug Out Bag. 

Required field gear:

(1) Issued survival kit or
possess equivalent kit (A period of instruction will be given

during course and student will
be afforded opportunity to build kit, all students will be required to have

one before field training)

(1) Fire starting device
(Magnesium block/striker, matches or lighter allowed)

(1) Signaling device (Signaling
Mirror or Camouflage paint kit w/mirror)

(1) Bottle water purifying
tablets or chlorine tablets if allergic to iodine (Will be issued)

(1) Wrist compass

(1) Whistle

(1) Fixed blade knife or
Multi-tool (Only 1 knife or 1 multi-tool is allowed not both!)

(3) Water carrying devices (3
quarts of water minimum)

(1) Issued Digital Poncho or
Tarp with liner

(1) Pair gloves (Leather, Nomex
Flight gloves or green cotton/wool or unit issued)

(1) First Aid Kit

(1) Pair eye protection
(Optional or can be issued)

(1) Pen or Pencil

(1) Paper or notebook

(1) Fleece watch cap

(1) Headlamp w/red lenses or
(1) Flashlight w/ red lenses

(1) Canteen cup (Regardless of
type of water carrying device)

(1) LBE/LBV or equivalent

(1) 5 foot length of 550 cord

(1) Ruck Sack or ILBE pack

(1) Package of map pens (1)

(8) Pair socks, (2) t-shirts,
(2) pair underwear

(1) Bottle of foot powder

(1) Camouflage paint kit

(1) Boonie cover

(1) Gore-Tex top

(1) Gore-Tex bottom

(1) Warming layer top-Seasonal

(1) Warming layer
bottom-Seasonal Dependant

(2) Boots (Marine Corps issued
or MARSOC issued, desert colored boots)

(1) Entire modular sleeping
system with storage compression sack and Gore-Tex bivy.

(1) Set of appropriate civilian

(1) E-tool